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November 11-13, 2016 – FULL/CLOSED

Volunteer Work Party
Nokuse and CRS Trail Maintenance
Choctawhatchee Chapter

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Join the Choctawhatchee Chapter for a private tour of the Nokuse Plantation!

The Nokuse Plantation is the largest private conservation project east of the Mississippi River. The plantation is a longleaf pine preserve, where more than eight million longleaf saplings have been planted and where a team of field technicians and biologists restore ecosystems that support native plants and animals – from common species to rare, endemic species. This preserve is recognized as the 6th most biodiverse area in the continental United States. Located within the preserve is the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center – an environmental education center.

Volunteers should expect to hike 3-miles/day, and perform annual trail maintenance, the installation and maintenance of infrastructure, establishment of back country campsites and a short re-route with trail construction. Work will take place on the Nokuse Plantation and Northwest Florida Water Management District lands.

Hiking boots (description below) and long pants are required. Long-sleeve t-shirts are recommended.

FREE! This event is a free volunteer opportunity. Join our crew to perform trail maintenance on the Florida Trail!

Name: Sand Pond Recreation Area

Address: 5583-A Longleaf Road
Ebro State: FL Zipcode: 32437
County: Walton County

Type: Front-country car camping & RV camping (Class B or C, no hook-ups available)


Bathroom: Yes
Shower: Yes
Potable Water: Yes
Power: Yes
RV Hookups: Yes

Camp Notes: None

Type of work: Trail Construction & Maintenance

Section of the FNST: Florida National Scenic Trail, Nokuse Plantation and CRS Trails
Maintenance Unit: CRS – SR20 to Dead River Road, Dead River Road to SR81, SR 81 at Seven Runs to Nokuse Boundary at Big Head Branch; Nokuse – Lafayette Creek East Boundary to JW Hollington Road

Total Hiking Miles Per Day: 3 Miles
Activity Level: Moderate to Difficult

Start Time:
Thursday (10): Arrive after 4:00 PM (No Work)
Friday (11) – Sunday (13):@ 8:00 AM

End Time:
Everyday: approx. 4:00 PM

Minimum Age: 18 years old
Youth Allowed (Under 18): No
Max Group Size: 30 volunteers
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to difficult activities. Volunteers will be assigned tasks based on their individual comfort level and technical proficiency.

Restrictions: Only US Forest Service certified sawyers will be allowed to operate chainsaws on the Florida Trail.

When registering, volunteers may be asked about known medical conditions or allergy concerns. This information is treated as confidential information, and is only shared with Crew Leaders and the Florida Trail Association Staff. Please disclose all known medical and allergy information. This information enables crew leaders and staff to respond appropriately to medical emergencies. Medical or allergy conditions will not disqualify you from participating in a Volunteer Work Party.

Breakfast: Yes – Coffee @ 6:00 AM / Breakfast @ 7:00 AM
Lunch: Yes – lunch packed @ breakfast (sandwiches and snacks)
Dinner: Yes – approx. 6:00 PM

Please Note: No Dinner Sunday (13)

When registering, volunteers may indicate dietary needs and/or preferences, as well as known food allergies. If we are unable to honor your request, we’ll contact you so that you can provide your own meals. In most cases we are able to accommodate special meal requests.

Questions About Registration:
Registration Contact: Karl Borton, (570) 574-3240, KarlB@floridatrail.org

Questions About the Project:
FTA Chapter: Choctawhatchee
Project Contact: Tim Crews, (850) 826-3605, divetimcrews@cox.net

Sponsors: Nokuse Plantation, Florida Park Service and the Florida Trail Association

To register for this Volunteer Work Party please click the link below, and complete the linked Florida Trail Association form.

Registrations are first-come, first served by date time stamp. You will receive an email confirmation within 72 hours. The FTA reserves a 10-person wait-list, and will notify individuals on the wait list within two (2) weeks of the project date. Volunteers may be contacted the week of the event to fill open volunteer registrations.



This list is not a comprehensive pack list. Please use this list to help plan for your event.

One (1) large backpack for all your personal items
One (1) day pack, large enough to carry water, food, rain gear and other personal items
Pack cover (rain gear)

Tent (Rain Fly) and Footprint (if desired for tent)
Sleeping Bag
Sleeping Pad or Inflatable Mattress
Foldable Camp Chair
Ear Plugs
Eye Shades

Bring a Cup, a Bowl and Eating Utensils

Wicking T-shirts (synthetic or wool)
Wicking Underwear
Quick-Drying Pants and Shorts
Sturdy Work Pants
Long-Sleeve Shirts (for sun, bugs)
Socks (synthetic or wool)
Bandana or BuffWarm
Insulating Layers (Night) – Puffy Jacket, Vest, Pants and Hat

One (1) pair of Hiking Boots (required)*
One (1) pair of Camp Shoes (closed-toed)

*Note: Hiking boots can be either trail runners or traditional hiking boots (ankle-support preferred). No tennis shoes or sandals.

Headlamp and/or small backpacking flashlight
Small lighter in waterproof container or plastic bag

Two (2) 32-ounce canteens or water bottles
OR One (1) 100-ounce hydration bladder bag (preferred)

*Note: Each person should be drinking at least 3-liters of water a day. This is your personal responsibility.

Sunscreen, lip balm, sun glasses, base-ball hat or other sun-shielding hat

DEET-based Bug Spray (recommended)
Head net

Bathroom Essentials (camp soap, shaving kit, etc.), Toilette Paper, Wash Cloth and Pack Towel

Any Prescription Medications or Over-the-Counter Medications (seasonal allergies, pain relievers (Ibuprofen for inflammation/pain), etc.)

Cell phone and charger to contact us, prior to the trip

Safety Whistle

Trekking Poles
Energy Food (Bars, Gels, Chews, Trail Mix)
Energy Beverage or Drink Mixes
Packable Lantern
Notebook and Pen
Book (for camp!)
Camera and Memory Cards
A Smile and Sense of Adventure!

At this Volunteer Work Party the Florida Trail Association will provide the following gear and services.

Experienced Crew Leaders
Appearances by FTA Regional Representatives

Hard Hat
Safety Glasses
Ear Protection

Mechanized Equipment (Mowers, Brush Cutters, Chainsaws, etc.)
Hand Tools (Loppers, Hand Saws, Etc.)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Kitchen Essentials (Pots, Pans, Knives, Etc.)
Sanitary Stations (Bins, Soap, Water, Etc.)


Power will be available at this Volunteer Work Party

This event is hosted at a front-country campground with full restroom facilities


Thank you for volunteering with the Florida Trail Association. Your service allows millions to experience the unique wildlands in Florida!